Advice to moped owners to reduce thefts

Met reminds owners to ‘Lock, Chain and Cover’ their mopeds and scooters as it relaunches campaign to reduce moped theft and crime.

Chief Inspector Jim Corbett, from Operation Venice, which tackles moped and motorcycle crime, said:“Officers from Operation Venice continue to tackle those that steal mopeds and scooters for criminal activity, and whilst we are making excellent headway on this, we continue to remind owners that they can help us by protecting their vehicles.

“A number of owners continue to park their scooters and motorcycles with minimal security measures – often only using a steering lock to prevent them from being stolen. It only takes seconds for a thief to steal one, if it is unprotected.

“That is why we have relaunched our campaign to encourage owners to protect their vehicle using ‘Lock, Chain and Cover’. Using additional security reduces the chances of your bike being stolen, which is reduced even further if multiple security measures are used.”

The number of thefts of mopeds, scooters and motorcycles has reduced from 11,395 (July 2017 – June 2018) to 8,847 (July 2018 – June 2019). This totals a reduction of 22.4 per cent.

This reduction has impacted on the use of stolen moped and motorcycle in crime, where between July 2017 to June 2018, and July 2018 to June 2019, the number of vehicles used in crime dropped from 20,973 to 9,723 (a reduction of 53.7 per cent).

Chief Inspector Corbett, added: “It’s great to see that the number of vehicles stolen and the vehicles used in crime have reduced so much, however we are not complacent and there is more work that can be done to reduce this further.

“Our advice for owners is to:

LOCK: Use a disc lock on the front wheel to stop your bike being wheeled away. Fit a grip lock to the throttle and engage the steering lock.

CHAIN: Secure the rear wheel with a chain and a padlock. Attach the chain to a ground anchor or other fixed object where possible.

COVER: Bike covers prevent immediate access to the controls and security features and stop thieves shopping for bike models.

“If all owners of mopeds, scooters and motorcycles follow these three simple steps it’s less likely to draw the attention of thieves and reduce thefts and crime even further.”

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